The Bible has a lot to say about what we do with our tongue. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words really hurt. Words are powerful. They can beat us down and lift us up. They wound and they heal. And the right words at the right time can be exactly what we need to hear - or what we need to say.
May 13: Complain
Mother’s Day This is a good day to kick off the series. Momma told me sticks and stones but she never told me how much words could hurt.
James 3: 5-12 Series Overview
Exodus 14: 11-12 The Israelites have left Egypt ... Complain
They have been freed of their chains. They have crossed the Red Sea on dry land. First thing they do with their freedom? Start to complain.
What good does it do complain? Complaining doesn’t solve anything. What is God teaching you? What is something you can do besides complain?
May 20: Criticism
Ephesians 4: 29 Build them up
Proverbs 12: 18 Words can pierce like a knife
Criticism is really difficult to see in the mirror, because we hate when other people criticize us, but we often don't realize when we're criticizing other people, because we often feel justified in criticizing them, because - after all - we know what's best for their life. You never know how much those words of criticism can hurt and how much that little word of encouragement can build up.
May 27: Lying
Proverbs 12: 22 God hates lying
Ephesians 4: 21-25 Speak truthfully
The truth isn’t always kind ... and sometimes, the truth can really hurt.
So what’s the real problem with tweaking the truth from time to time?
Little lies can become serious ones pretty quickly. The more we lie, the more we have to lie, and the easier it becomes to tell a lie. Why do we lie? Do we not trust the truth?
June 3: Gossip
Proverbs 25:9-10 Do not betray a confidence
Matthew 18:15 It's only between you and them
Have you heard the juicy news? Spilling the beans about a big piece of gossip can feel pretty good, but is it really harming anyone, too? We all know the pain and hurt caused by gossip. Nothing kills relationships faster than gossip